Da‘wah skills can be attained by practice
Fatwa No: 29823

  • Fatwa Date:10-11-2007 - Thul-Qi'dah 1, 1428
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Question

I want to help my friends abide by the teachings of Islam and I want them to love Islam. However, I always feel shy and I do not know how to do this. They even say I am ultraconservative. Please advise me. May Allaah reward you well.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger.

Your keenness on advising your colleagues and friends is something that makes you worthy of praise and you shall be rewarded for your good intention, Allaah Willing. We ask Allaah The Almighty to grant you success in whatever goodness you aspire to. However, you must know that the devil always tries to prevent mankind from doing any good by his evil whisperings. Therefore, you should not give him a chance and you should strive for the sake of Da‘wah, which is the most honorable mission to accomplish and exert all efforts for. Allaah Says (what means): {And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allaah and does righteousness and says, "Indeed, I am of the Muslims.} [Quran 41:33]

You can achieve what you aspire, if you practice Da‘wah and read books that talk about Da‘wah; its means and methods.  All these things can be acquired, Allaah Willing, as mentioned in Hadeeth, in which the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) stated that knowledge can be acquired through adopting the necessary means, exerting efforts and through being patient and forbearing. Moreover, he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) informed in the same narration that whoever exerts effort in seeking goodness will be guided to the way to goodness, and whoever strives to avoid evil will be granted protection from it. [At-Tabaraani]

If you are sincere in your Da‘wah and you work hard to choose the best method to carry out this great responsibility and supplicate Allaah The Almighty to grant you success, then you shall, indeed, be successful. Moreover, once you start your mission, you shall feel no more shyness for this usually happens only at the beginning of the mission of Da'wah. You should also mix with your colleagues and cooperate with them in goodness, for the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, informed us that the believer who associates with people and endures any harm they cause him is better rewarded than the one who keeps away from people and cannot tolerate their harm. [Ahmad, At-Tirmithi and Ibn Maajah]

Allaah Knows best.

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